Friday, 5 August 2011

What I wore: Hot hot heat!

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Sunglasses: RETROSUPERFUTURE // Dress: bought in China // Cardigan: charity shop
Mary Janes: New Look // Vintage necklace: gift from Jian Wei years ago //
Bag: stolen from Jian Wei's mum's attic.

This is what I wore on what transpired to be the hottest day of the year, reaching a whopping thirty degrees centigrade and god-knows-what on the Underground. I made a minor error in wearing a heavy wool dress and veritably melted on my way into central London for a spot of Brick Lane shopping and lunch with Jian Wei. I discovered a bizarre vintage shop called This Shop Rocks which combined a jumble sale style shop floor with stunning pre-1960s clothing nonchalantly flung in rummage bins alongside highstreet brands such as H&M. It actually made me quite upset to see such delicate fabrics treated with so little respect - torn and ratty on overstuffed rails - and was literally astounded to see that many had price tags exceeding £100. Surely if one is in a position to treat oneself to a gorgeous vintage frock the shopping experience should be a little more indulgent that simply selecting the least abused item from a basement floor? Charity shops and carboot sales are exciting precisely due to the potential of uncovering some treasure amongst the rubbish, but vintage boutiques should value their wares and display it accordingly. Especially if they are pricing in the three-figure range.

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I bought the cream leather Mary Janes from the New Look sale for a measly £5 in the sale and I absolutely love them. Mary Janes are always so pretty and classic. The vintage necklace is a little like the teardrop necklace I remember from the children's book A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories by Joan Aitken I use to be in love with when I was little. Jian Wei bought it for me for my birthday a couple of years ago from a wonderful antiques showroom in King's Lynn called The Old Granary. It's one of my favourite places to get lost in when I'm home. The cardigan is falling to pieces but it's too cute to throw away!

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As you can see I'm still enamoured by my Lucias and - touch wood - haven't lost them yet.

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Yesterday (not the same day this outfit was photographed!) I was supposed to have a half-hour trial shift at a rather posh womenswear shop in Covent Garden. As it was pouring with rain the manager rescheduled me for a two-hour trial on Saturday and informed me I must wear heels. He also stressed the need for 'grooming' and informed me that if 'grooming' wasn't my thing then the job really wouldn't be right for me. Should I be offended?

12 comments:

  1. I adore Mary Janes too, wish I could find a pair like yours! I'm sad to hear about that vintage boutique... I don't understand when stores are so expensive but the merchandise is damaged or they require you to dig through dirty piles. :(

    You look well groomed to me, I wonder what kind of 'standards' the store has?

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  2. I tried those sunglasses on today! I love them but alas they didnt suit my face. Love your little cardigan, its hard to thrift little ones like that. What a score.
    x

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  3. I hate disorganised vintage stores! Junky charity shops are a different story because it's wonderful to dig to find a bargain and feel satisfied that your work was worth it, but digging to find an expensive curated piece seems like a big waste of time to me.

    You look so wonderful and summery. And I was convinced those shoes would be vintage! Why don't we have chainstores with good stuff in New Zealand?

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  4. I have exactly the same views as you. I work near Camden Passage and there are some amazing vintage shops but set at such insane prices. I spotted a sundress with a hole in it for £75. It was probably brought in a charity shop for 50p. I just think if they can justify selling something for that money it has to be in near pristine condition. Rant over! Give me a bootsale anyday!

    I love your dress, its very pretty!
    Sophie
    x

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  5. Those Mary Janes are divine and I love your sunglasses! Love vintage shopping in Summer :)

    xx

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  6. Take the job icing biscuits! I couldn't handle running around in heels all day. Lovely post, love your dress, and you look groomed enough for me!

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  7. You appear to be pretty well groomed, I must say! I can't wait to see pictures from your trip!

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  8. I totally agree, if I had the money I wouldn't mind treating myself if the item was original 50's and in pristine condition but most shops in London (not to mention Vintage at Southbank!) are charging a ton for 70's polyester. No thanks! On a side note, how hilarious are the old couple that run that shop? I swear it smells of TCP and Savlon in there!

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  9. What! You look well groomed to me! What the heck. In other news, your shoes are a dream (I love maryjanes) and youre so lucky you got a great deal on them! :)

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  10. I adore every part of this outfit! You have excellent taste :)

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  11. Gosh i'm late commenting on this post O_O but it's just so darn pretty! You look so tanned too! I'm jealous, i have to make do with a freckle tan (if i get lots of them from a far it kinda looks like a tan weee!)

    I don't vintage shop in London for that very reason, along with the fact they label everything as vintage, even last years primark cardigans O_O!

    Hope the job is going well! xx

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